Alpha Trust and lead school Colchester County High School for Girls have been designated as a Teaching School Hub

The Minister of State for School Standards, Nick Gibb, has just published the names of schools who have been successful in applying to become part of a new national network of 87 Teaching School Hubs.  We are delighted to announce that the Alpha Trust and lead school Colchester County High School for Girls, has been selected to be part of this programme. The Trust currently also includes The Gilberd School, Manningtree High School and Home Farm Primary School.  The new Trinity School, which opens in September 2021, will also be part of the Alpha Trust.

The Alpha Teaching School Hub will provide a centre of excellence for teacher training and professional development, working in collaboration with other schools in the Babergh, Colchester, Ipswich and Tendring areas.  CCHSG already leads the North East Essex Teaching School Alliance (NEETSA) supporting professional development for teachers across schools in NE Essex. The Teaching School Hub will also be able to deliver new specialist national professional and leadership qualifications for classroom teachers and school leaders.

Alpha Trust will continue to play a significant role in the delivery of school-based initial teacher training (ITT) through Colchester Teacher Training Consortium, an outstanding ITT provider, which has its base at CCHSG and works in partnership with Colchester, Tendring and Ipswich primary and secondary schools.

Mrs Gillian Marshall, Executive Principal and CEO of Alpha Trust said:

”The establishment of Alpha Teaching School Hub provides an exciting opportunity to work in partnership with schools, teacher training providers, local authorities, other teaching schools and curriculum hubs. In addition to providing high quality professional development for staff across the schools, the Teaching School Hub will improve the recruitment and retention of teachers and ultimately have a positive impact on the outcomes for all the children across our designated area and beyond.”